The SMUS basketball season kicked off for real on November 25, as a whole day of action culminated in two games versus SMUS alumni. First, the Senior girls overcame an early deficit to beat the grads 52-34. Then, the Senior boys’ gallant comeback from 22 points down fell just short.
The Senior girls then kicked on impressively, moving smartly through the SMUS-hosted ISA tournament with wins over Brentwood College and York House to reach the final versus Southridge. In a nervy affair, the Blue Jags, led throughout by Taylor Noel, Jordan Stonehouse, Emily Stone and Meredith Selwood, rode a big halftime lead en route to a 44-40 victory.
The Senior boys opened their 2017-18 account by hosting B.C. AA No. 8 Collingwood. Blistering outside shooting, with Ty Olynyk nailing five triples, staked SMUS to a 37-23 halftime lead. However, a Cavaliers switch to zone defence and too many SMUS turnovers saw this margin slowly slip away, with the visitors eventually claiming a deserved 58-55 win.
The Senior boys development team took part in an ISA tournament, falling in all three of its games but giving numerous players new to the sport some much needed experience. Titobi Wuraola and Adam Gheis showed the way.
The Junior boys squad enjoyed a fine opening weekend, running the table to capture the Victoria Tip Off Tournament. In the process, the Blue Jags dropped a powerful Claremont team 59-51 in the semifinals before then recovering from 37-20 down versus Semiahmoo to win the final by four points. Post Noah Helman and point guard Will Kinahan were both in commanding form, with the rest of the group chipping in along the way with many key plays.
The Junior boys development team dropped its exhibition games to Oak Bay and Belmont, but worked hard, with Joonha Yang and Allistair Catto prominent.
The Junior girls reached the semifinals of their Tip Off event following victories versus Nanaimo District Secondary and Burnaby Mountain. Then, against Claremont, a solid defensive effort was undone by erratic shooting. Janet Enge and Tatum Adair both performed strongly in each game.
Finally, congratulations to all the young SMUS Night League teams which competed in the UVic Vikes Future Stars Tournament. Pride of place goes to the Warriors, as this Girls U11 team finished with a 4-0 record after beating Royal Oak convincingly in the division final. Maia, Caitlyn, Julia, Avery, Chelsea, Charlie, Willow and Joss combined on this fine achievement.
The last two weeks of the term before winter break sees all the above teams (and more!) in action, with schedules available on the school website.
Check out all the photos from the SMUS Alumni Basketball Celebration on the SMUS Photo Gallery.